About the creators of beStuffies!!
Thank you for visiting our website and for showing interest in learning about us!!
We are Brandy and Erin, good friends, business partners and the creative team behind beStuffies. BeStuffies began in 2009 as an idea and became a small business in 2010 offering a large variety of unique and slightly odd handmade plush toys and totebags. We are always bursting with creativity and have more ideas than we know what to do with. We have crafted from a very young age and enjoy numerous creative outlets. Brandy enjoys crochet, painting, drawing, sewing and needlework, just to name a few. And Erin enjoys knitting, needlework, stenciling and sewing. She also loves to bake.
Our early crafting choices were influenced by our mothers, they taught us how to sew in a straight line ;) Our later more challenging endevors are self taught. Collectively we have realized that we want to spend significant time doing what we love, and also we realized that we get along like peanut butter and jelly. We decided to pool our creative energy into a small business so that we could share our creations with the community.
We both believe in living a playful existence. Our handmade creations most certainly reflect our personalities and creativity. We favour bright, colourful materials, unique textures and bold patterns. We use a variety of materials from cotton for our reusable (and highly washable) Market Bags to eco-felt to create the facial expressions on our softies. We also like to de-construct old clothing and use the pieces in our creations.
We only produce items that we ourselves use, love and delight in. We create our own patterns and make all of our products ourselves in our homes.
Both of us have siginificant training and talents in different fields. Brandy had an English and Visual Arts degree and is a registered Massage Therapist. Erin has a degree in Classical Studies, is a Classically trained flute player, has studied a year abroad, and currently works as a Secretary. We both find it an asset to be able to approach the creative process with such a broad range of knowledge and training.
We are both animal lovers. Cats, dogs, hamsters, fish, etc... Both of our homes are smoke free, however if you have allergies to pets and wish to purchase items from us we recommend that you purchase items that are fully machine washable.
Thank you for taking the time to learn alittle bit about us.
Hugs, Brandy and Erin:)